China condemns Karachi university blast, calls for perpetrators to be punished


Beijing: China on Wednesday called on Pakistan to step up security for its nationals working in the country and demanded a full investigation and punishment of the perpetrators of the suicide bombing at the University of Karachi that killed three Chinese teachers and injured others. another.

Chinese people’s blood cannot be shed in vain, and those behind this incident will surely pay the price, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said while strongly condemning the latest attack on Chinese people. Chinese nationals working in Pakistan.

An explosion triggered by a Baloch suicide bomber wearing a burka destroyed a Confucius Institute shuttle at the prestigious University of Karachi on Tuesday, killing three Chinese teachers and injuring one and several Pakistani casualties, in the latest attack targeted. against Chinese citizens in the financial capital of Pakistan.

China expressed its “strong condemnation and great indignation” over the attack, as well as its deep condolences to the victims and its sincere sympathy to the injured and bereaved families, the official Xinhua news agency said quoting the spokesperson. word.

Chinese Foreign Minister’s Assistant Wu Jianghao made an urgent phone call to Pakistan’s Ambassador to China to express grave concern, according to the report.

Wu demanded that the Pakistani side immediately conduct a thorough investigation of the incident, apprehend and punish the perpetrators to the fullest extent permitted by law, and take all possible measures to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens in Pakistan and prevent any such incidents never happen again. , said the spokesperson.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry and Chinese diplomatic missions in Pakistan will continue to urge relevant Pakistani departments to properly handle issues of tracking down those killed, treating the injured and resolutely suppressing the terrorist organization involved, the door said. -word.

The Majeed Brigade, linked to the outlawed Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), claimed responsibility for the attack which took place near the China-built Confucius Institute – a non-profit institute teaching Chinese language to students premises – at the University of Karachi.

A university spokesperson said three of the victims were Chinese nationals. They were identified as the director of the Confucius Institute Huang Guiping, Ding Mupeng, Chen Sa and Khalid, the Pakistani driver.

The spokesman added that two other people – Chinese national Wang Yuqing and Pakistani Hamid – were injured in the blast.

CCTV footage of the attack showed a woman in a burqa standing outside the entrance to the Confucius Institute. The woman blew herself up just as the van approached the entrance to the institute.

A spokesperson for the BLA, the separatist formation banned in Pakistan, the UK and the US, said the attack was carried out by Shari Baloch alias Bramsh – the “first female suicide bomber in the brigade”. The attack marks “a new chapter in the history of Baloch resistance”, he added.

A photo of the suicide bomber in circulation showed the woman with her two young children.

In an alleged video released by the group, a BLA spokesperson said the motive for the attack was very clear.

“It was a simple and clear message to China and Pakistan to immediately withdraw from Balochistan,” said the masked spokesman surrounded by armed men on a hilly terrain.

“The Baloch Liberation Army assures you that CPEC will fail miserably on Baloch land,” the spokesman, who was holding an assault rifle, said in fluent English. He warned that a special unit has been formed especially to attack Chinese officials and facilities in Balochistan.

The group opposes Chinese investment in Pakistan, especially in restive Baluchistan, saying the local people are not benefiting.

Balochistan, bordering Iran and Afghanistan, is home to a long-standing violent insurgency. Baloch insurgent groups have already carried out several attacks targeting the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.

This is not the first time that Chinese nationals have been targeted in terrorist attacks in Karachi, which is Pakistan’s largest city and economic hub.

In July last year, masked gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on a vehicle carrying two Chinese nationals in Karachi, in which one was seriously injured.

In the same month, nearly a dozen Chinese engineers were killed when a bus carrying construction workers was “attacked” in northwest Pakistan.

In November 2018, Baloch militants attacked the Chinese consulate in Karachi but failed to break through the security fence and three of them were killed instantly.

Thousands of Chinese personnel work in Pakistan on a multitude of projects carried out under the aegis of the CPEC.

This report is automatically generated from the PTI news service. ThePrint declines all responsibility for its content.

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